Blues set for double clash as Ampthill and OAs come to town

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In less than four weeks, Bedford Blues will be kicking off their pre-season campaign with a triangular encounter against near neighbours Ampthill and Old Albanians.

On Saturday August 15, the Goldington Road gates will be opened with the Blues facing National One opponents Ampthill at 2pm before taking on Old Abanians at 3pm.

The afternoon will be rounded off with Ampthill pitting their wits against Old Albanians at 4pm, with all games lasting 40 minutes.

Tickets for the only Bedford home pre-season friendly are only available on the gate and cost just £5 for adults, with free entry for under 16s.

The Eagle stand will be open, with seating being available on a first come first served basis.

Looking ahead to the game, Bedford Blues director of rugby Mike Rayer said: “The lads have been working unbelievably hard on the training field and in the gym and everyone is champing at the bit for some competitive action.

“Taking on two teams in one afternoon will be an excellent way for us to gauge how well the lads have gelled over the past two months in what should be a cracking afternoon.

“Pitting your wits against your friends from up the road will certainly make it spicy.”

But that’s not all. After the rugby is done and dusted, the Bedford players will be hosting a pre-season party in the Blues Marquee.

From 6pm there will be an evening of fun, games and live music as fans get the chance to mingle with the Blues squad and coaches.

Entry to the soiree costs just £5 and includes a welcome drink on arrival.

The players will also be sparking up the BBQ and selling burgers and hot dogs, while the dress code for the night is beachwear.

Blues captain Nick Fenton-Wells said: “It seems like such a long time since we were playing in front of the fans at Goldington Road so we decided that it’d be great to have a little party and get everyone excited for the new season.

“While a lot of last year’s squad has been retained, there are a few new faces who need to experience what Bedford Blues and Goldington Road are all about, and this seems the perfect opportunity to do that.”